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Inspired by the memoir "The Mistress Contract" by She and He
Eclipsed tells the poignant and sometimes humourous story of the penitent women consigned to Magdalene laundries in the 1960's and one nun's attempts to ease their plight.
Tommy Murphy's critically acclaimed drama of friendship, sex and escapism follows the story of sixteen-year-old Shane as he leaves his home in rural Australia for downtown Sydney. UK premiere at the King's Head, London, in June 2016.
A collection of the world's best monologues for women actors featuring well-known playwrights and emerging new writers.
Cinderella, A new play by Matt Beames with Lyrics by Kayleigh Benham. Published to coincide with #404 Production in The Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park Winter 2018. A witty updating of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. As the feast of Midwinter approaches, the King wishes to find a suitable partner for his eldest son and heir to the throne, Prince Arren. He decrees a Midwinter Ball and all across the land his excited people prepare for the big celebration. But in a small shoe shop close to the palace, one young woman sits at her workbench, carefully making shoe after shoe after shoe... Poor Cinderella has so much work to do, she can't hope to go to the Ball, however much she might wish to... but sometimes dreams really do come true!
Charlie has stopped sleeping. His neighbour's cat has been dismembered. And worse, he's being haunted by an urban fox. In a haze of neon-soaked insomnia, lines blur between reality and fantasy. What are they up to? Whatever it is, it's big. The mystery twists its way towards a dead rabbit, a city in flames and a Kendal mint cake-fueled murderous showdown.
"1981. Hollywood. Sue Mengers, the first female 'superagent'at a time when women talent agents of any kind are almost unheard of, invites you into her Beverly Hills home for an evening of dish, secrets, and all the inside showbiz stories that only Sue could tell - Back in the 1970s, Sue Mengers represented almost every major star in Hollywood; her clients were the talk of the town and her glamorous dinner parties were legendary. But by 1981 the glory days were fading. Her time was passing as a sleek and corporate New Hollywood began to emerge. The phone's not ringing so much these days and Sue is forced to face the inevitable truth: the credits roll sooner than you think."
Dr. Faustus is one of the jewels of early modern English drama, and is still widely performed today. Interestingly, the play has come down to the contemporary audience in two distinct versions that have become known as the 'A' and the 'B' texts. David Bevington and Eric Rasmussen, who edited the original Revels edition over twenty years ago (and are two of the most eminent editors currently working), have hit upon the fascinating idea of presenting both texts on facing pages. This allows readers to compare the two 'versions', the 'A' text which is the one closest to Marlowe, and the longer 'B' text with additions by Samuel Rowley; in this unique edition, the reader is made aware of the changing tastes of audiences, the stage history of the play, and of just how intricate 'editing' a play can be. With a concise and illuminating introduction, and relevant notes and images, this Revels Student Edition of the 'A' and 'B' texts of Dr. Faustus will prove to be an enthralling document, and an excellent edition for student and theatre-goer alike. -- .
One of the greatest of the classic Greek tragedies and a masterpiece of dramatic construction. Catastrophe ensues when King Oedipus discovers he has inadvertently killed his father and married his mother. Masterly use of dramatic irony greatly intensifies impact of agonizing events. Sophocles' finest play, Oedipus Rex ranks as a towering landmark of Western drama. Explanatory footnotes.
Fast-moving and highly entertaining, Teechers evokes life at a modern school. Using the format of an end-of-term play, the new drama teacher's progress through two terms of recalcitrant classes, synical colleagues and obstructive caretakers is reviewed. Disillutioned, he departs for a safer private school.
Notable for his uncompromising honesty and a wit both fierce and fearless, Simon Gray's voice was uniquely his own - intelligent, probing and often outrageously funny. He faced life - and death - with unflinching courage and defiant humanity; even when writing about his own mortality, he lost none of his prodigious talent to entertain. Warm, candid and with a double dose of dark humour, this dramatisation of Gray's The Smoking Diaries and other memoirs was completed just before his death last summer. The Last Cigarette premiered at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in March 2009.
The scandalous reputation of Laclos's novel, first published in 1782, is based on its chilling portrayal of the mannered decadence and sexual cynicism of the French aristocracy in the last years of the ancien regime. Christopher Hampton has made a masterful adaptation for the stage of the conspiracy to corrupt a young girl barely out of her convent. Les liaisons dangereuses was premiered by Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 24 September 1985, and won Christopher Hampton the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1986.
Fifteen-year-old Anna is bullied by her classmates for being
overweight. Her mother, Fiona, decides to transfer her to the
school where she teaches, but that only makes things worse. Anna's
father, George, is no help--he's too obsessed with saving the
world. Just as Anna gets suspended for head-butting one of her
tormenters, her uncle Terry arrives for an unannounced visit. A
heartbroken, filthy-mouthed slacker, Terry reaches out to Anna in a
way that no one ever has. Their unexpected friendship sends her
parents' rocky marriage into a tailspin as the whole family wonders
what--or who--really needs saving.
In 2001 South Africa was devestated by the news of a brutal rape of a nine-month-old child who came to be known as baby Tshepang. Once the story of baby Tshepang hit the headlines, the scab was torn off a festering wound. Weaving together 'twenty thousand stories' (the number of reported child rapes in South Africa each year), Tshepang is a play about love, forgiveness and the difficulties of coming to terms with a violation of this magnitude.
A new play that tackles anti-social behaviour head on. Set on an urban estate in the UK, newcomer Ollie has a history of anti-social behaviour and is attempting to reform. His family are forced to move away in an attempt to make a fresh start...but once he is accepted into the local group of youths, things start to go wrong again. The play is utilising a mixture of comedy, dance, music and multi-media, to appeal to its audience, while tackling the serious issues behind anti-social behaviour.
Oxford Student Texts offer an accessible route into the study of texts for A Level including line-by-line notes, and detailed sections covering key themes, issues and contexts. This edition focuses on An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde.
You haven't asked, but yes, you both may stay in our house for the time being. And use our things. I figure it'll take a war to settle it all. A compelling story of two families - one Palestinian, one Israeli - forced by history into an intimacy they didn't choose. In 1948, Palestinian couple Said and Safiyya fled their home during the Nakba. Now, in the aftermath of the 1967 Six Day War, the borders are open for the first time in twenty years, and they dare to return to their home in Haifa. They are ready to find someone else living where they once did, but nothing can prepare them for the encounter they both desire and dread with the son they had to leave behind. Ghassan Kanafani's classic novella Returning to Haifa has been adapted for the stage by Naomi Wallace and Ismail Khalidi. The play premiered at the Finborough Theatre, London, in February 2018 to coincide with the seventieth anniversaries of both the Nakba or 'catastrophe' - the mass dispossession of the Palestinians in 1948 - and the foundation of the State of Israel. '[Returning to Haifa] offers a moving confrontation between two sets of displaced people and an utterly unsentimental exploration of the complexities of home, history and parenthood... its call for reciprocal awareness and acknowledgement of past injustice seems more necessary than ever.' Guardian '...As quietly shattering as it is gently complex.' WhatsOnStage 'The adaptation demonstrates the control power and pain exert over individual lives.' Upcoming 'An electrifying eighty minutes of theatre...The beauty of the writing lies in the amalgam of the political and the personal; the connection between individual and global struggles.' Spy In The Stalls 'Kanafani's parable of this contested land is even-handed enough to explore the agony of both the exiled Palestinian couple and the Jewish widow...and to empathize with all of them.' Jewish Renaissance 'Returning to Haifa is a beautiful and important play portraying the personal tragedies created because of much bigger acts between humans.' Exeunt Magazine
This poignant coming-of-age tale follows Meena, a young girl growing up in the only Punjabi family in a 1970s Black Country mining village. Meena spends her days happily getting into scrapes with the other local children until one day the impossibly cool Anita enters her life. Suddenly Meena knows exactly who she wants to be but is Anita all that she seems? Soon Meena's world is turned upside down as she is caught between two very different cultures. Anita and Me paints a comic, poignant, compassionate and colourful portrait of village life in the era of flares, power cuts, glam rock, decimalisation and Ted Heath. It has been adapted for the stage by the multi-award-winning Tanika Gupta.
Aristophanes is the only surviving representative of Greek Old Comedy, an exuberant form of festival drama which flourished in Athens during the fifth century BC. One of the most original playwrights in the entire Western tradition, his comedies are remarkable for their brilliant combination of fantasy and satire, their constantly inventive manipulation of language, and their use of absurd characters and plots to expose his society's institutions and values to the bracing challenge of laughter. This vibrant collection of verse translations of Aristophanes' works combines historical accuracy with a sensitive attempt to capture the rich dramatic and literary qualities of Aristophanic comedy. The volume presents Clouds, with its famous caricature of the philosopher Socrates; Women at the Thesmophoria (or Thesmophoriazusae), a work which mixes elaborate parody of tragedy with a great deal of transvestite burlesque; and Frogs, in which the dead tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides engage in a vituperative contest of 'literary criticism' of each other's plays. Featuring expansive introductions to each play and detailed explanatory notes, the volume also includes an illuminating appendix, which provides information and selected fragments from the lost plays of Aristophanes.
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